Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sherlock Holmes on BBC One are two of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s most well-known roles which made his names. Benedict Cumberbatch is, however, an actor with a variety of excellent films to his credit. Benedict Cumberbatch‘s work encompasses computer-animated family comedy like The Grinch, historical dramas like 12 Years a Slave, and thrillers like The Fifth Estate.
Benedict Cumberbatch‘s work has garnered critical acclaim, earning him a Primetime Emmy Award, Laurence Olivier Award, British Academy Television Award, and several Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, Academy, and Golden Globe nominations. He has established himself as an immensely versatile and accomplished actor over the last two decades. The following is a list of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s best films, ranked.
12. Black Mass (2015)
Inspired by the true tale of James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp), an Irish Mob godfather and FBI informant who engaged in “secret trade” with his brother, FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), and State Senator William “Billy” Bulger (Benedict Cumberbatch). They intended to take down the Boston Italian mob and mafia, but things went astray and the situation became very violent. Black Mass also stars Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson, and Corey Stoll in an ensemble cast. It garnered generally favorable reviews and earned $99 million against a budget of $53 million. Cumberbatch, who is always excellent, puts off a faultless Boston accent, which is enough of a reason to see Black Mass on its own.
11. The Mauritanian (2020)
The Mauritanian is a heartbreaking narrative of injustice, violence, and moral reckoning in the wake of the terrorist atrocities of 9/11. The film is based on the book “Guantanamo Diary,” which chronicles the actual experience of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was brought clandestinely to a Cuban prison camp via covert rendition. His questioning, interrogation methods, and attempts to liberate him are all detailed in a well-acted but excessively procedural tale. The Mauritanian makes an eloquent argument for self-examination. We must bring those responsible for this horrible atrocity accountable, but we cannot compromise our fundamental beliefs or succumb to unbridled revenge.
In the film, Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Stuart Couch, a Marine prosecutor torn between two sides. Despite Salahi’s terrible trip, Couch’s supporting character development successfully drives the plot, as Couch’s outlook on prisoner see-saws in a deeply emotional journey.
10. Star Trek Into Darkness
Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of Khan, the legendary Star Trek villain, in the sequel to J.J. Abrams’ reboot of Star Trek Into Darkness. Into Darkness, like its predecessor, is fast-paced and action-packed. J.J. Abrams’ signature lens flares are imprinted on the film. Abrams is renowned for his action sequences, which he incorporates throughout the film.
In the Star Trek universe, exploration of space and the study of alien cultures are two of the most common plot lines. Into Darkness is a fascinating picture that succeeds in enthralling viewers, despite its concentration on action rather than going where “no man has gone before.”
9. Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange, the 2016 film directed by Scott Derrickson, is unquestionably one of the greatest and most significant works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doctor Strange and the mystical realm of sorcerers are introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in this film. After a terrible vehicle accident, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s character, an egotistical doctor, loses control of his hands and is soon humbled. Stephen recognizes that he doesn’t know everything.
Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, and Mads Mikkelsen round out an all-star group. The picture which mixes mind-bending imagery with the grandeur of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off the narrative of one of Marvel Studio’s most iconic characters, Doctor Strange.
After a new trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was shown before the Super Bowl, the internet went into overdrive with speculation about what the Sam Raimi-directed film would reveal. Fans are dissecting every shot for clues. Spider-Man 2099 has been rumored to be in the picture, as well as that the renowned antihero Wolverine will appear with Professor X, but will not be portrayed by Hugh Jackman. Ultimately, only time can unravel!
Atonement, a 2007 romantic war drama, is a dramatic and heartbreaking film about two lovers caught in the crossfire of third-party misinterpretations and falsehoods. As a result, chaos erupts, wreaking havoc on people’s lives. Years later, Joe Wright’s dramatic picture continues to wow with its outstanding performances and unexpected emotional depth.
Atonement stars Benedict Cumberbatch prior to his role as Sherlock Holmes on the BBC and his subsequent rise to prominence in the public eye. Nonetheless, despite his little role in Atonement, he is as intriguing, chilling, and enchanting.
7. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a superb spy thriller set during the Cold War about the hunt for a Soviet double-agent inside MI6. Although Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has a plodding pace at times, the film delivers an engrossing and intricate look at the world of espionage.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is an intriguing idea from the get-go. The film, on the other hand, accomplishes its idea flawlessly, eliciting the worries and paranoia that naturally develop when one does not know whom to put their faith in.
6. Avengers: Infinity War
After Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange made his third appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his character soon rose to become a fan favorite in Avengers: Infinity War. Doctor Strange performs well in an ensemble picture, bringing a distinct voice to the role of the sardonic, powerful sorcerer. Because of his course-setting role in the events of Infinity War, Strange helped pave the road for the Avengers’ eventual triumph in Avengers: Endgame.
Joe and Anthony Russo have succeeded in crafting a picture that accomplishes the herculean challenge of balancing a plethora of Marvel characters while allowing each character their own opportunity to shine. All of this is accomplished while still delivering a high-stakes tale, testing Marvel’s heroes, and providing emotional beats that compel the viewer to pay attention and participate with them.
A race against time unfolds in 1917 when two British troops, Schofield and Blake, are assigned the mission of conveying an important message to Colonel Mackenzie (Benedict Cumberbatch) that would save thousands of lives. In addition to the film’s depiction of trench warfare, there is a breathtaking moment in which Schofield races over the battlefield that will live on in cinematic memory for years to come.
1917 is a World War I film that is stressful, large-scale, and ambitious. The picture, which has fantastic performances, a brilliant cast, and an outstanding storyline, was filmed by cinematographer Roger Deakins, giving the impression that it was shot in one take. The end effect is an engaging cinematic experience that should not be missed by anybody who is interested in a World War I epic or who enjoys historical fiction.
4. The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game, starring Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, is a historical drama largely based on the 1980s biography Alan Turing: The Enigma. Cumberbatch portrays British mathematician, computer scientist, and codebreaker Alan Turing. Alan Turing worked for the British government during World War II, decrypting German espionage signals. While The Imitation Game is based on a real-life historical character, the film contains significant historical mistakes and compresses history into a two-hour film. Turing is also portrayed as a homosexual man in the film, although the film does not dive further into the real-life Alan Turing’s battle with sexuality and the unfairness he faced. Nonetheless, The Imitation Game is a gripping biopic that entertains with outstanding performances and chronicles the extraordinary life of a real-life historical person.
3. 12 Years a Slave
12 Years a Slave is not an easy film to watch owing to its subject matter, which depicts the history of slavery in America. The film is based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir Twelve Years a Slave. Solomon Northup was a New York State-born African-American man who was drugged, abducted, and sold into slavery. Northup spent the first twelve years of his life laboring on Louisiana plantations until he was released. Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender, Alfre Woodard, Michael Kenneth Williams, Brad Pitt, Adepero Oduye, and Paul Dano star in the film based on the biography.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Doctor Strange co-star, portrays Solomon Northup in the movie. Having received nine Academy Award nominations and taking home three awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), 12 Years a Slave has been highly lauded. It is passionate and forceful, and its depiction of the cruelty and injustice that slaves endured throughout the nineteenth century is distressing to see.
2. Spider-Man: No Way Home
Fan reaction to Spider-Man: No Way Home has been overwhelmingly positive, and a consensus is emerging that Tom Holland‘s third solo outing as the web-slinging superhero is the greatest to date. Benedict Cumberbatch has joined the Spider-Man ensemble in the role of Peter Parker, who seeks Doctor Strange’s assistance in convincing the world that Spider-Man is not who he claims to be. The film puts Tom Holland’s Spider-Man with the most struggling trials he has ever encountered, pushing him to be on his toes at all times and reflect on what it means to really be a hero.
No Way Home sheds further light on Stephen Strange and Peter Parker. Strong themes of consequence, power, and duty encapsulate not just Spider-Man’s essence, but also the essence of a hero. The depth of character development and investigation in No Way Home elevates the picture to one of Cumberbatch’s most well-known performances in his career to date.
Despite being one of the best-reviewed films on Rotten Tomatoes and ascending the box office charts to become the sixth highest-grossing film of all time and the third-highest domestically, the Academy elected to weed out the Marvel blockbuster from all major categories at this year’s Oscars. However, a new fan-voted award has rekindled hope for a tiny consolation prize for the record-breaking film that epitomizes the phrase “fan favorite.”
1. The Power of the Dog
The Power of the Dog, scheduled for release in 2021, has one of Benedict Cumberbatch‘s greatest performances to date. Although The Power of the Dog is aimed at a more specialized audience than Cumberbatch’s other works, the film is a great Western drama about an obstinate guy who refuses to adapt to modern circumstances. It is not a picture about a heroic cowboy, but rather a psychological study of the flawed Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch).
The Power of the Dog, filmed and written by Jane Campion, demonstrates her skill in filmmaking. She is able to maximize Benedict Cumberbatch‘s abilities, providing him with the opportunity and material necessary to completely shine in this role.